About
News
Research Areas
Projects
Databases
Personnel
Downloads
Links
carbolea
 
UL
advanced

Monika Zacharska

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

daya

Monika Zacharska

Department: Chemical and Environmental Sciences
Address: University of Limerick
Qualifications: Master Degree in Chemistry
Email: monika.zacharska@ul.ie
Supervisior: Dmitri A. Bulushev
Co-Supervisior: J.J. Leahy

Monika Zacharska has obtained her Master Degree in Chemistry from the University of Wroclaw (Poland). She prepared her master's thesis on analytical chemistry, titled &rdquot;Complexes of Vanadium (III) with Tryptophane in aqueous solution” in 2007.

Her work is carried out as a part of Earth and Natural Sciences (ENS) Doctoral Studies Programme, funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) through the Programme for Research at Third Level Institutions, Cycle 5 (PRTLI-5), co-funded by the European Regional development Fund (ERDF). She was involved in a research on catalytic conversion of levulinic acid derived from biomass to butanone.

Current Project

"DEVELOPMENT OF HETEROGENEOUS CATALYSTS FOR HYDROGEN PRODUCTION FROM BIOMASS DERIVED FORMIC ACID”

Formic acid (FA) can be produced from renewable cellulose of biomass by acid catalyzed hydrolysis as a by-product to levulinic acid. It can be produced also as a main product by oxidation of cellulose with oxygen using heteropoly acids and their salts as catalysts. As formic acid contains sufficient amount of hydrogen (4.4 wt.%) it is considered as a potential source of hydrogen for applications in fuel cells or as a hydrogen donor for some hydrogenation reactions instead of molecular hydrogen. It is an important task, however it remains a challenge to find an appropriate material, which would allow selective and efficient vapour phase decomposition of FA under ambient conditions. Present work is focused on development effective catalysts leading the decomposition of formic acid in direction of dehydrogenation giving H2 and CO2 as products, but not in direction of dehydration giving H2O and CO, as CO is a catalyst's poison.

ISN Journal publications

 Zacharska M., Podyacheva O.Y., Kibis L.S., Boronin A.I., Senkovskiy B.V., Gerasimov E.Y., Taran O.P., Ayusheev A.B., Parmon V.N., Leahy J.J., Bulushev D.A. Ruthenium Clusters on Carbon Nanofibers for Formic Acid Decomposition: Effect of Nitrogen-Doping of the Support ChemCatChem 2015 http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cctc201500216

 

 

 

 

 
Copyright ©  Carbolea